Backstage with Go Cozy

 

Go Cozy is:

Homero – Lead Vocals/Guitar

Maria – Vocals/Keyboard

Julian – Bass

Owen – Guitar

How did Go Cozy become a band?

Homero: Maria and I wrote two songs after we were inspired while being in Puerto Rico for two weeks. We spent a weekend record the songs and after getting a great response online we started to perform live. Both of us have a lot of desire to make music from the bottom of our hearts, so it worked.

Maria: Then are friends joined us because they liked our music a lot and we liked them.

The Sea Life, Old Abram Brown, Go Cozy – Black Cat DC 8/6/12

How did you come up with the name for your band?

Maria: We had a list of names but we liked  Go Cozy because “cozy” is just chilling and “going” is moving.

Homero: Kind of contradictory in a way but the music sounds like you can fall asleep to it.

Julian: In a good way!

Maria: But not fall asleep all the time, there some danciness parts in there. Like dancing in your dreams.

Maria, Homero, Julian, Owen

What were your musical influences growing up?

Homero: Well Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Backstreet Boys…haha

Maria: Rush and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Definitely Go Cozy’s organs are straight up Emerson, Lake & Palmer inspired. I like prog rock a lot, although Go Cozy’s sound doesn’t reflect it too much.

Julian: I grew up playing classical music, I was a violinist for a good part of my life. Growing up in church gospel definitely influenced me but more recently Prince, Chick Corea and Robert Glasper.

How about ‘N Sync?

Julian: Yes, ‘N Sync, LFO, 98 degrees, Crazy Town and all those guys.

Owen: I was influenced by a lot of guitar music: Allman Brothers and Jimi Hendrix. Those are my main two influences.

Homero: Our music is mainly jangly pop from the 70’s but back in the day it wasn’t as sentimental as we make it sound. It’s basically a culmination of jangly pop, emo and 90’s rock music from when I was in high school. But in Maria’s side she’s all grunge.

Maria: Oh yeah the 90’s! I love that angsty babe rock like Hole.

What’s the most embarrassing album you’ve afraid to admit you bought?

Maria: I have no shame for any albums I’ve ever bought. The first CD I bought was Mariah Carey, I don’t even remember which one. It was only $5 dollars and I had $5 in change and I really wanted that CD.

Homero: I got some very girly pop music, I once bought a Britney Spears album. The one where she was wearing a tight red suit.

Maria: Oops I Did It Again!

Homero: Yeah, I remember listening to that when I was 11 and I’m not very proud of it. I also bought the Titanic soundtrack on cassette.

Owen: I did buy Dookie by Green Day but I love Green Day so it’s not too embarrassing haha.

Julian: When I was 10 I bought a single from Janet Jackson that she did for the Klumps soundtrack from Wal-Mart.

How was your first experience as a band live?

Maria: For the four of us it was at the Velvet Lounge, it was really fun and it came together really nice. We worked with the sound guy at Velvet Lounge called Aristotle; he’s really great and hooked us up.

Owen: That was a really great show and it sounded very good.

Julian: We also played with Liz & the Lost Boys.

Homero: They’re originally from Baltimore but they moved to Philly. It’s like Bowerbirds meets with Regina Speckor. That show was great and fulfilling because Maria and I were frustrated just playing as a duo.

Maria: It wasn’t overwhelming, it was just incomplete.

Homero: Sometimes you want to have a complete sound like it was recorded with a real full band. Once we left the Velvet Lounge we had a real band. But we’re still looking for a drummer though.

Julian: We get some help sometimes though.

Homero: Yes, we get help from Patrick from The Sea Life.

Owen: He very generously helps us out all the time.

Homero: We also play bass for them, we sing for them and they play drums for us. It’s about love, fraternity, friendship.

What is your favorite venue to play in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area?

Maria: If I can ever go play upstairs at Black Cat, that’ll be my favorite. We’re downstairs today but if we can get upstairs I’ll be satisfied.

Homero: I would love to open for a band at the 9:30 Club.

Julian: 9:30 that’s my favorite, it would be a dream.

Maria: They have great brownies and cupcakes!

If you could tour with any band who would it be?

Owen: I would tour with The Smiths, that would be really cool.

Julian: Here We Go Magic would be really cool. Little Dragon, they have an awesome live show.

Maria: Julian is a faithful Little Dragon fan.

Julian: Yeah I think I’ve seen them 6 times but it probably wouldn’t happen because of the different styles of music.

Maria: Luke Temple and Jen Turner would be great.

Homero: I guess it would be really fun to tour with a band you really admire so you get to watch them every night and learn. It would be fun to tour with Claire Boucher from Grimes. We saw an interview that she did and she’s pretty funny. Radiohead would be great as well.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Maria: Yes, we are going to finish recording our “Moonroof ” EP and we are really dedicated and focused on finishing that.

Homero: Hopefully by mid September that EP will be out but there will be some other singles we’ll put out in the fall.

Maria: We’re really excited to put that out in general because the music is more complex. It has more power, feeling and intensity to it.

Homero: Same cozy feeling but you’re going to have to pay a little more attention. Maybe you’re not going to be able to adjust to it in the beginning.

Maria: We’re also really excited to release it because the art is by Andrea Estella from the Twin Sister. Hopefully we’ll be able to combine the music with something really strong. She did a great job and we haven’t shown it to anybody yet.

Will you be recording the EP yourselves?

Homero: We our having one of our friends in New York help mix a couple of songs but yes this will be a self-released album. At least six more songs will be released with the new music.

 

Check out more of Go Cozy when they perform next on August 24th at SOVA – 1359 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.

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